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she objected to a pay raise for the superintendent at a school board meeting noting increases in class sizes and no raises for teachers in ten years. while speaking after being acknowledged. >> dana: "special report" is up next. >> juan: i wanted to hear the rest of juan story. >> juan: thank you. >> bret: single greatest witch hunt in american history. that's president trump on the rush occlusion investigation. he would not say whether he will agree to be interviewed by the special counsel. the definition of the word wall is in the mexican government funding negotiations. democratic senators join us to talk about the future of their party, immigration. this is "special report" ." good evening. welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. president trump is standing firm for his border wall. apparently wavering on whether he will talk with the special counsel investigating allegations his campaign collude with the russians.
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allegations he is calling a democratic hoax. the president making those comments as he welcomed a nordic visitor today. chief white house correspondent john roberts as they are and joins us from the north lawn >> good evening. president trump has been consistent in his assertion that there was no collusion between his campaign in the russians to throw the u.s. election. if what the president's legal team may be their final chapter of the mueller investigation, he has injected new uncertainty. >> are you open to meeting with him? >> the prime minister at his side, president trump downplay the idea that he would sit for an interview with special counsel robert mueller, insisting there is no evidence of a crime and no need for one. >> it's been determined there is no collusion by virtually everybody. so we'll see what happens.
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we'll see what happens. certainly i will see what happens. when they have no collusion i nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview. >> his decision today on a possible interview students sharp contrast to the other two times president trump has been asked about appeared first on june 9 of last year. sticker of robert mueller wanted to speak with you. >> i would be glad to tell them exactly what i just told you. >> then at camp david. he quickly said yeah but affirmed his innocence. >> there has been no collusion. there's been a crime. >> and december the president's attorneys began talking with a special counsel's office about the possibility mueller would ask for an interview sometime in the next few weeks. sources say the president's legal team will insist on strict parameters for any sit down with mueller. asked by fox news about a possible interview, president trump points out what he believed was special treatment given to hillary clinton in her july 2016
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interview with the fbi. >> hillary clinton had an interview where she wasn't sworn in. they didn't take notes. they didn't record, and it was done on the fourth of july weekend. that's perhaps ridiculous, and a lot of people looked upon it as being a very serious breach, and it really was. >> sources tell fox news despite the president's newly articulated position today, his legal team expects there will be an agreement for some sort of interview with robert mueller in the coming weeks. the president left no doubt today where he stands on his demand of border wall be included in any legislative fix for the so-called dreamers. >> it's got to include the wall. we needed for security and safety, stopping the drugs. >> during his meeting with members of congress yesterday the president gave many conservatives heartburn when he pretty much said he would accept whatever congress decides. >> my positions are going to be what the people in this room
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come up with. >> today the president said he will accept nothing less then a bill that includes construction of a wall. meeting with his cabinet, the president give himself high marks for yesterday's remarkable glimpse behind the legislative curtain. >> actually was reported as incredibly good and my performance. you know, some of them called with a performance. i consider it work but got great reviews by everybody other than to networks who were phenomenal for about two hours. after that they were called by their forces bosses to say waia minute. a lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was with the greatest meetings they've ever witnessed. >> president trump vented his displeasure at a san francisco district judge, federal judge blocked his plans to rescind these b12 protections. the so-called deferred action
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for childhood arrivals. kristin nielsen says she doesn't expect it to affect efforts legislatively but it might affect negotiations over the budget. >> bret: john roberts, thanks. the president and his republican colleagues are also angry about the release of critical testimony in the russian investigation by a senior democrat. testimony that's only raised more questions today. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has the latest. >> the powerful republican chairman of the senate judiciary committee said the ranking democrat fought dianne feinstein's decision to release the transcript from glenn simpson whose firm was by the dossier is a breach of trust that could derail efforts secure jared kushner's testimony. >> the transcripts would have been released eventually anyway. but i think it does create some problems. when you are getting people to voluntarily come to you. >> senator grassley was asked
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but did not comment on this week where president trump called senator feinstein sneaky, underhanded interactions possibly illegal. all this went down as democrats released a new report commissioned by ben cardin the document to the russian president's decade-long strategy to undermine democracy and concluded moscow will likely target the 2020 elections. >> bret: new defamation suit today over the dossier, the firm behind the dossier. >> the president's longtime personal attorney michael cohen is seeking more than $100 million in damages, suing fusion gps, the firm had the dossier, and buzzfeed who published the memos online exactly a year ago today. on twitter, cohen said enough is enough of the fake russian dossier. without mentioning: or the other behind the controversial book "fire and furry," the president said the legal system is outdated. >> things that are, knowingly false and be able to smile as money pours into your bank
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account. >> former dish spy christopher steele paroled intelligence from his russian contacts. >> christopher steele was regarded as a competent professional, dedicated professional and i think it speaks to his instincts, his professional instincts that when he grew concerned about what he was learning that he first apparently reported this was on government as well as to the fbi. >> special counsel office confirmed today that it hired a veteran cybersecurity prosecutor ryan dickey in november, cyber crimes are essential issue to the probe. the dnc and clinton campaign hacks. >> bret: south korea's president says president trump deserve great credit for yesterday's meeting with north korean officials. that session produced an agreement that will send a delegation from the north to next month's winter olympics in south korea south korea. officials are also hoping to eventually have talks about north korea's nuclear program.
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we have learned today that vice president pence will lead the american delegation to the games. he will be with martha maccallum next hour. president trump is about to make a major decision involving iran's nuclear program. he has until the end of this week to determine whether the western agreement with iran should be continued or at least the u.s. involvement in it. correspondent rich edson tells us what's at that statement from the state department. >> sources close to the presidency will likely pass on withdrawing the united states from the iran nuclear deal as the next deadline approaches. essentially holding together an agreement he says he loathes. >> this is one of the worst deals ever made by any country in history. you also gave the regime and immediate financial boost and over $100 billion it's government could use to fund terrorism. >> frankly that deal is an
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embarrassment to the united states and i don't think you've heard the last of it. believe me. >> over the next several days, president trump must decide whether to continue waving sanctions against iran, lifted as part of the 2015 iran nuclear agreement. within the week, the administration must tell congress whether iran is complying with the major components of the nuclear deal. in october the administration for the first time refused to certify iran's compliance. keeping the u.s. in the deal though giving congress a greater role developing a strategy. stick with the goal is to get a better deal. to do that, create more pressure and re-govern the way under which the u.s. is party to the deal. >> sources say secretary of state rex tillerson met at the white house and over the weekend at camp david with the presiden president. lawmakers are considering reducing often the president must make these decisions on waivers and certifications. they are also debating stronger enforcement of the nuclear deal and more measures to penalize
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neurons ballistic missile program. these deadlines arrive as there are reports from iran that it's arresting, torturing, and killing those who protested across the country. the white house press secretary says iran should release all political prisoners, adding "iran's regime claims to support democracy but when its own people express their aspirations for better lives and an end to injustice, it once again shows its true brutal nature." while the u.s. army's analyzers for changes to the iran nuclear deal, european diplomats are meeting tomorrow with iran. u.s. allies will reportedly reassure iran's foreign minister that they remain committed to the deal. >> bret: rich edson, thanks. stocks down today. dow lost 17. s&p 500 s&p 500 dropped 3. nasdaq gave back 10 current governors in several states are trying to get the same deal florida is getting regarding of. phil keating tells us the latest decision from the trump administration reverses a policy
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announced just last week. >> with 1300 miles of coastline and white powder beaches generating nearly $70 billion a year in tourism, florida is special. just listen. >> florida is unique. >> florida is unique. >> florida is different. >> different now than every other coastal state. president trump's executive order last week to clear his plans to dramatically expand offshore drilling for oil and gas. immediately florida republicans balked the president. siding with democrats and environmental groups opposing the move. citing tourism with suffered significantly in 2010 due to the deepwater horizon disaster. >> we are a highly developed residential coastline. a lot of tourist industries. it's our main industry. we can't suffer the risk of
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another bp horizon. >> meeting with ryan zinke at the tallahassee airport. >> for floridians, we are not drilling off the coast of florida. >> since president trump's urging governor scott to run against florida's democratic senator bill nelson in november, nelson and others see all interior motives. 12 years ago, nelson helped craft the current eastern gulf of mexico moratorium that bans rigs within 125 miles of the florida coast. "this is a political stunt orchestrated by the trump administration to help rick scott who has wanted to drill off florida's coast his entire career. we shouldn't be playing politics with the future of florida." either way, you won't be seeing any rigs off florida anytime soon. and no surprise, other governors quickly weighed in. new york's governor cuomo asking where do we sign up for a
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waiver. new jersey's governor christie also asking for the same exemption florida got. >> bret: phil keating in miami. thanks. at least 15 people have died in 24 are missing in massive mudslides in southern california. the area, as we told you, was ravaged by recent wildfires and that's making the situation x financially worse. national correspondent william la jeunesse is in montecito california tonight. >> home after home destroyed, some turn off their foundation. others leveled by boulders and trees. >> 3:00 in the morning, early morning, all the debris came down. cars were being dragged. we saw the boulders, rocks, tried to get out. >> rivers of mud and debris washed down the hillside. following the worst fire season in history. >> every hill around here was on fire. when we know that the dirt is loose and the rain comes, we
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know it will come. >> the only words i could think of to describe what it looked like was it looked like a world war i battlefield. >> more than a dozen dead, including a catholic school educator swept from his home. the sheriff says many remain unaccounted for. helicopters on the high water drops rescued hundreds while others were trapped. >> we couldn't get out in time. we were digging trenches around the house. >> on my fires which residents can see and smell, mudslides, without warning. by the time you hear one, it's too late. >> we thought it was just rain. we've had rain before but nothing like this. >> the thomas meyer lasted for weeks. the rains lasted less than four hours. the death toll could be ten times as high. sheriff says 80% to 90% of residents ignored evacuation orders. orders. >> frustration on the part of people who had been evacuated for a number of days during the fire obviously nobody likes to be evacuated from their homeland
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and i think the thought was this was probably not going to be a problem. it obviously was. >> the controversy, some of those residents were under a voluntary evacuation and they were hit the hardest. predicting a mudslide is an inexact science. the 101 could stay closed all weekend. >> bret: up next next, democrat senators elizabeth warren and mark -- last year's big equifax data breach. here's what some of our affiliates are covering. fox 6 in birmingham. toyota and mazda announced huntsville, alabama, production plant. it will employ 4,000 people. it will build three and a thousand vehicles per year starting in 2021. fox 45 in baltimore, as maryland's republican governor announces a push for term limits
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for state lawmakers. larry hogan saying he wants to limit what he calls career politicians to try to fight corruption. my look at new york from our affiliate fox 5. one of the stories they are covering tonight, a large chunk of ice balls from the building in manhattan and crushes the roof of a parked vehicle. happened yesterday in soho. no one was hurt. the city is advising property owners and contractors to secure properties during snow and ice melt conditions. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back. . with an ingredient originally found in jellyfish, prevagen is the number one selling brain-health supplement in drug stores nationwide. prevagen. the name to remember.
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>> bret: one of the things you probably take for granted when he go to the doctor or hospital
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if the bag of fluid they hook up. there is major concern tonight over the supply of those items, and it all has to do with one of last year's hurricanes in the caribbean. matt finn explains from chicago. >> every day, this single mother of two fights off the side effects of lupus. she is survived to strokes and leukemia, making her dependent on monthly immune boosting infusions that have to be diluted with saline because sheo treatments. the last time she went in for her infusions. >> i was shocked. the nurse told me, i hope you don't have a reaction. >> she was stunned to learn hurricane maria damaged the majority of plants that manufacture iv saline bags. forcing medical professionals to spend up to 30 minutes or more injecting fluids.
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>> people think the hurricane happened in puerto rico but what people don't realize is it affects people here. >> and a letter to the fda, the american hospital association says the bag shortages the use problem. a huge problem. doctors say a lack of bags could be dire. >> it's the first thing we give to patients when they come in. if they've had a loss of blood, we have to bulk it up and give them the fluid. >> the fda reports one of the manufacturers says it's puerto rico plants are online again. could be months before production is fully restored. until then, some hospitals and clinics are forced to decide which patients get bags and whe when. even routine patients like wanda feeling guilty wondering she's using a bag that's critical. >> i've been there. i've been the cancer patient in the chair who's needed it, and it is not fair to them. >> the fda is monitoring other
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drugs manufactured in puerto rico and it says the saline shortage will improve in a couple weeks. we talked to one clinic in california that said it has enough sailing to get to february and after that it will have to reassess. >> bret: thank you. the republican accidents in congress continues tonight. california congressman darrell isis says he will -- darell iss issa. mike emanuel what's shaping up to be mayhem. >> i came to congress for four years and i have stayed for 18. >> california republican darrell i saw rejected the suggestion his district could go to a democrat. >> the economy says everything about the policies my party and the president helped champion. it's a good time to go out on
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top. >> 46 house members, 32 republicans, 14 democrats retiring or running for other offices. the number of republican departures is the most for one party since 1994. during president clinton's first term when the g.o.p. seized control of congress. this year's departures include seven current committee chairman. speaker paul ryan and majority leader kevin mccarthy must deal with a substantial loss of institutional knowledge. mccarthy downplayed the significance of veteran lawmakers leaving. >> are there more republicans? yes. there are more republican members. we will bring more people in and it will be successful. the competition makes people better. >> mccarthy and other republicans are likely to face them heat back home as the tax package limited the state and local deduction in a high tax state. they are also three republican senators retiring, including chairman orrin hatch and bob corker. democrats continue attacking the
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tax package. >> the republican majority which conveniently forgot its long history of opposing deficits when passing a $1.5 trillion tax bill cannot in good conscience turn around and complain about deficits. >> one veteran lawmaker in the competitive district worries about holding onto the g.o.p. majority in the fall. >> this political climate right now is about as bad as they can be for g.o.p. members and moderate districts. we see the future and it ain't pretty. >> democrats are watching the retirements with big plans to turn the seats from red to blue. another their candidates will be taking on an incumbent. >> bret: mike emanuel on the hill, thanks. moments ago president donald trump signaled or signed legislation aimed at giving customs and border protection agents additional tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs. this bill ensures agents will have portable chemical screening devices at ports of entry and
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>> bret: a pair of democratic senators going after credit monitoring companies following last year's massive data breach at equifax. senators elizabeth warren and mark warner are here tonight to talk about what they are trying to accomplish. thank you for joining me. talk about this legislation and what specifically it does. >> you remember last fall when equifax announced that they had
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managed to not take enough care of consumer data and more than half of all americans had to have their privacy breach. social security numbers, credit card numbers, phone numbers, addresses. they are all out there in the hands of thieves. and here's the deal. it actually turns out that equifax may actually make money off the breach. mark and i thought that was really a bad deal and so we decided to put together some legislation that says when one of these credit reporting companies lets your day to get stolen like that, you're going to have to pay a substantial automatic penalty for it and the people whose data got lost are going to get money. >> bret: let me ask, there are not a lot of defenders of
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equifax. both sides of the aisle, it's not a black cat that's easy to defend but what do you say to people who say that this legislation is really punitive and there are a lot of companies who have data breaches over the past year. >> this is not the first time one of the credit reporting agencies have had this kind of breach. we had a choice point experience. what's different about this is none of us offered our data to any of these credit reporting agencies. we have a "no" direct customer relationship. we think in a world where data is going to become more and more taken in by companies, particularly when you're dealing with someone as important as your credit industry, there needs to be a stricter sense of liability. we think there's going to be of a lot of bipartisan >> understand this is not a regulatory approach. we are not saying the government's got to say you have to go this way and turn this plan take three steps in turn this way.
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not saying that at all. we are saying take the appropriate steps because if you don't take the appropriate steps, you're going to have to pay a penalty. >> bret: i want to ask you
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other things. i look at you standing together and i see two sides of the democratic party. who do you think is the leader of the democratic party? >> i think with the democratic party has at this point is a broad-based of leaders that range from very progressive to people who have been traditionally more pro-business and we actually find ways to work together on the vast majority of issues. what unites us is the sense of everybody in this country out to get a fair shot. >> the right question is where's the energy in the democratic party. i will tell you exactly where it is. down at the grassroots. it's down there person by person, family by family who say wait a minute. i've got a stake in how this would you repeal the tax law? >> what we have to do is change it. take out the parts that are giant giveaways to big corporations that right now the republicans plan for hard work and families to eventually pay for. >> bret: the electricity company in massachusetts announcing they're going to give a big break to consumers. >> good for them. it's $1.5 trillion the republicans gave away to billionaires and giant corporations. they expect hardworking families to just pick up the ticket on that. i want those breaks to go directly to hardworking families. not to a bunch of rich folks. >> bret: do you agree, senator warner. >> here's what i would say.
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as someone who's been on your show a lot, being concerned about the debt and deficit, i think this bill is going to add about 2.2 trillion to the debt. that really disappointed me in terms of what we are passing on. let me finish this one point. i do believe, elizabeth and i may or not fully agree, i think there's ways to bring back some of those profits offshore. what we could have done said you want to bring the prophets back? invest in training up people. we've got to make sure those communities that have been hit hard, to get some benefits. the way to do this, focused rather than rush through peers. republicans point republicans pointed communities and hard workers getting checks and seeing electric bills go down. senator warner, the house is on the verge of passing this
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reauthorization of section 702 of fisa. the national security agency says it's crucial. seems like senator paul is going to filibuster this. how -- what do you do here? >> as vice chairman of the intelligence committee, i think this provision is very important. i think i have not any evidence of abuse but i would say and this is very important, the bill that will come over the house and that i have signed off will include for the first time ever a warrant provision if an fbi agent is trying to use this 702 information on a chemical case. and also to make sure the bureau categorizes all of the 702 inquiries so year from now will have a much clearer pattern for those folks on both sides of the
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aisle who may question this provision. we are going to have more data to give them. >> bret: running out of time. >> yeah. that's why it's important it moves forward. we've got a lot that's got to be dealt with. i wish we wouldn't have punted so many issues, like the full budget. >> bret: senator warren. >> children's health insurance. we've got all these things. >> bret: senator warren, , on daca, you characterize it as border security and don't call it a wall, is there a deal they can be made? >> let's start with the heart of what it's about. america made a promise to these young people and that's if they would come out of the shadows, they would have a chance to work in the united states, go to school, join the military. that's about 97% have done.
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donald trump says that's no good anymore. congress has to find a way to stand it up. my view is america honors its promise. we do not deport 800,000 young people from the only home they've ever had. >> bret: even if it means shutting down the government and having this battle if there's a win over border security or calling it a wall. >> i don't want to see that come to pass. i want to see america honoring its promises. i recognize we are sitting down right now in negotiations trying to figure out who can get a little here, who can give a little of air. at the end of the day, the way i see it is we cannot say to 800,000 young people who right now arc interpreting to america who right now we are hearing for their employees, saying don't to get rid of these people. we need them. we cannot say to them you will
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be deported. >> bret: senators warren and warner, thanks for the time. president trump refuses to say whether he will speak with the special counsel in the russian investigation but he's speaking loudly, confirming the wall is a must. we will talk about it with pane panel. the best simple salad ever?
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♪ >> we want to see something happen with daca. children are now adults in many cases. >> we are disappointed by the decision but what we heard yesterday at the meeting was we are committing to fighting a deal. a permanent solution is to the benefit of the current daca recipients. >> the ruling last night and no diminishes the urgency of resolving the daca issue.
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on this we agree with the white house. was has the ruling doesn't do anything to reduce congress' obligation to address this problem now. >> bret: u.s. district judge ruling last night that the administration overstepped its bounds and rolling back daca, saying that those children had to leave. the president tweeting: "it just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is when the opposing side in a case such as daca always runs to the 9th circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts." we will see where it goes. moments ago the president was in the signing on the drug interdiction and he said something at the end. >> it's a step and it feels like a very giant step but unfortunately it's not quite be a giant step because no matter what you do, this is something that keeps pouring in, and we are going to find the answer.
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there is an answer. i think i actually know the answer. but i'm not sure the country and ready for it yet. >> bret: a little shrouded in mystery. the white house hasn't clarified. was he talking about a wall? or something else? we don't know. let's bring in the panel. byron york, chief political correspondent of the "washington examiner." a.b. stoddard, associate editor at real clear politics and host of "no labels radio" on sirius xm and charles hurt, opinion editor for "the washington times" ." he was asked at this appearance with the norwegian prime minister whether the wall was essential in any daca deal and he said absolutely. >> we got clarity on this because we didn't have clarity yesterday. in the 55 minute meeting with members of congress, the president seemed to be all over the place and there was a moment where senator feinstein said why don't we just do daca now, legalize everybody and if you can get what you want after that. and the president seemed agreeable to that but i think if
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you look at the transcript of the whole meeting, look at what he says. when the president says i want to do daca, he means to legalize the daca recipients and to build a wall and to get rid of chain migration. and the visa lottery. >> bret: in his mind, the legislation for daca, means everything. >> shorthand for that whole package. >> bret: where are we on the negotiations? >> the problem is the president did not make himself clear. it scared the majority leader of the house into interrupting. "i think what you mean to say is," in other words. the president has jumped off the ship before on many issues and changed positions. then he tweeted last night after your show that it would include a wall. he was confusing again today. in a 12 minute on camera, no questions. he had to clarify at the presser
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today. he's made it clear but that's a deal breaker. these negotiations are very intense. there is serious heavy lifting, bipartisan heavy lifting going on. will a wall be part of it? who many border state republicans opposed to a wall. too many fiscal conservatives who were promised they were take care of spending cuts after a deficit package. there is no consensus for a while. you're not going to get nine senate democrats to vote in the senate. >> bret: are you going to get them to vote for border security? not call it a wall? >> border security, lots that doesn't mean a physical wall. that's the problem for president trump. he needs to defined what he can call a wall. >> bret: he seems like he's there. i think congress isn't there on the semantics. >> the big thing a lot of people
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are missing about yesterday's meeting is for a year, democrats have refused to negotiate, refused to come to the table. we can argue about whether they've been invited or not but they refused to participate in any of us legislation. what donald trump did yesterday in the way he's very good at is he sat them down at a table and began negotiations on immigration and dealing with daca. at the end of the day, they refused to go along with the daca legalization thing because it contains a wall element or because it contains an end to chain migration. he made it clear he is going to campaign against them on those issues and he feels very confident that he will win on those issues. that to me is the most important thing. i think it puts real pressure on democrats to actually sort of try to figure out ways they can get it. >> bret: he talked about the military, funding the military, right in front of democrats he said let's punt it and he said we have to fund the military.
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everybody should agree on that, right? >> and he got a little lecture about domestic spending. we haven't gotten into the details of talking about what a wall really is. how long it is. is it an actual wall? is it a double fence that might conform with what was passed in 2006 when people like charles schumer voted for the secure fence act of 2006. or you could pass a down payment for the wall and after you get started, authorized a user fee model where you impose charges on visas and border crossing and bingo, mexico pays for the wall. you have a dedicated revenue stream for a while. there's a lot of thinking going on that we are not hearing abou about. >> bret: saying the country's not ready for a while but we are going to get something. a.b. come i want to turn to offshore drilling. >> our goal certainly isn't to cross governor scott we have a
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great relationship with him. we are going to continue working with him on a number of issues. we will continue those conversations with him. >> florida is unique. the president has tasked me to develop an energy policy offshore but also take into consideration the local and state interests for floridians. we are not drilling off the coast of florida. >> bret: florida is off the list. new york's governor andrew cuomo says new york doesn't want drilling off our coast either. where do we sign up for a waiver? secretary of the interior's zinke. >> up delaware, florida, north carolina, south carolina, new jersey, nobody wants this. just like the travel ban, another unvented policy announced and when someone come comes, if there's a new mandate
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and you wiggle out, they're gonna try to wiggle out through he's gonna face pressure from people saying why is florida's unique and our state is not? >> bret: elections have consequences in all of this is going to be challenged in courts and it really doesn't matter because it's going to be challenged for a long time before anybody's going to put a rig in the water or anyplace >> that's true. the other thing is, forever, the federal government has been dictating receipts where people can drill and where they can't drill. whether it anwr or off the shore of virginia. obviously you can't give away verdict of florida and not give it to new york if new york wants it. that puts them in a bad position. if the end result is that if
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>> after 18 years with the marines at camp pendleton, it's time. the generic ballot in my district is good. republicans will replace me. it's a good time to go out on top. >> will bring more people in. >> the competition makes people better.
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>> bret: big names on the republican side, especially in the house, saying they are running again. three senators, republicans, not seeking reelection. corker, flake, hatch. 43 house members retiring or running for higher office or another office in 2018. 29 republicans, 14 democrats. you take a look at the balance of power and democrats need just 24 seats to take back the house. big names, a.b. issa, royce. >> there are many reasons it's an individual decision for people who decide they have stayed too long or they are in a stage in life where they want to do other things but this year is the different. they have the majority. president trump's numbers and a lot of these districts they need to hold, many of which hillary clinton won, issa won by fewer than 2,000 votes last time, the president's numbers are toxic and the democrats turn
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wave criteria in terms of the polling. they went after white whales. they've been in power for years or searching for power for years to cut taxes, repeal and replace obamacare. they couldn't come up with a health care replacement. they couldn't repeal it. they passed tax reform. next year if the majority hasn't been so much fun and they met their big goals or failed with them, it won't be much fun being in the minority. >> bret: ahab got the moby dick of tax reform. >> if the economy is roaring though we were -- the way the republicans predict, they are going to be in a much better position. that said, the past three midterms have seen the party and white house lose double digit numbers. they are heading into headwinds, no doubt. a.b. is right. a lot of those districts, trump is going to be a real drag for people but it's too soon especially in the senate to be
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assuming the republicans are going to lose control. >> bret: you mention the comparison. seats, gains, lost. some states like california, state and local tax issue and tax laws factoring in for republicans. >> it's also just moving left. california provided the entire margin of popular vote victory for hillary clinton. in this last election. this is really bad news for republicans. a lot of republican strategists thought issa was a goner anyway. he barely won. popularity going down. they were really surprised by ed royce. they expected him to win his seat. they didn't get any warning of it. that's one more thing they have to fight and i think if you talk to republicans, they do look at these historic numbers of a president and his first midterm.
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>> bret: finally tonight we know fake news can travel far and fast, but now there's proof it can be gravity defying as well. a 41-year-old japanese astronaut could not wait to boast about his amazing growth spurt. 3.5 inches in just three weeks aboard the international space station. i have really shot up, he said in a tweet this week. so much so he worried if he would fit into the reentry vehicle to go home. short lived ego boost deflated with an apology tweet today. calculations apparently were off, proving again the old
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maxim, measure twice, tweet once. he did not grow 3.5 inch. that's it for our special report. the story hosted by martha mccallum starts now, with a very special guest, vice president pence. >> martha: an exclusive one on one with vice president mike pence. >> the american people want us to build a wall. they want border security. they want to end the flow of illegal immigrants into this country and also drugs that are tearing apart families and communities across this country. >> martha: tonight the vice president speaks his mind about the conservative war over immigration. and he has a few things to say to author michael wolf about the president's keynote. but first -- >> it has been determined that there is no collusion and by virtually everybody, so we'll see what happens. >> martha: that's how the president responded when asked if he will personally be interviewed by robert mu

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